In-person workshops are great, but sometimes just not possible due to timing, finances, even global pandemics.

That doesn’t mean your photography learning has to come to a standstill, or that you can’t experience the energy and enthusiasm that comes from spending time with others who share your passion for photography. Thanks to Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms, you can still learn face-to-face with Alan to get all the photographic support you need…mask-free and without leaving home.

Whether it’s a custom private coaching session or a small group workshop highlighting a specific technique or approach, Alan is ready to meet you where you are and move you along on your photographic journey.

Small Group Sessions

For those who want to keep the cost down but the learning level high, consider joining one of Alan’s small group workshops. Limited to 5 participants, sessions are interactive and include plenty of time for questions and conversation.

Alan’s virtual workshops use Zoom to connect and each session is recorded so you can refer to the information over and over again. Choose from one of the following topics or get a group of photo buddies together and create your own session.

Photo Zoom-Ins

For those who don’t need specific help or instruction, but still want feedback on their images, to talk about photography, get answers or clarification on anything photography related, recharge their artistic batteries…this FREE OF CHARGE session might be for you.

On the first Sunday of each month, Alan will be available for an informal photography “zoom-in.” Stay as long as you like, ask as many questions as you need answers to, and enjoy the camaraderie of being with others who share your passion for photography.

Current schedule: Sunday, September 12th, 10 – 11:30 am, Mountain Daylight Time; Sunday, October 3rd, 10 – 11:30 am, MDT; Sunday, November 14th, 10 – 11:30 am, Mountain Standard Time; Sunday, December 5th, 10 – 11:10 am, MST. [Sign Up]

New! Post Processing: Small Tweaks for Big Results

Here’s some good news…it doesn’t have to take hours in front of your computer to produce a satisfactory (or even exceptional) image. More often than not, a series of small tweaks and adjustments can lead to big results, usually within 30 minutes or less.

Join Alan for an hour as he walks you through his favorite tools and techniques for transforming “ho hum” into “wow.” He’ll use participant images to demystify and simplify the process.

Limited to 5 participants. $50 per person. Sixty minutes.

Current schedule: Saturday, July 10th, 10 – 11 am, MDT. [Full Description]

Finishing and Presentation

When does an image become a photograph? At the time of exposure or capture? At the time of printing or post processing? When you actually hang it on your wall? Whatever your thoughts, it’s a shame to go to all the time and trouble of creating an image and then just letting it exist only as a file in your computer or as a negative in a sleeve.

In this one-hour of fun, Alan will show you how to finish and present your images, from spotting to mounting to over-matting. He’ll share some of his best tips and tricks for taking the angst out of the process. By the end of the session, you’ll have the knowledge and the confident to finish an image of your own.

Limited to 5 participants. $50 per person. Sixty minutes.

Current Schedule: July 17th, 10 – 11 am, MDT. [Full Description]

Intro to Digital Masking

Selective Masking is a hands-free dodging and burning technique Alan developed to help him bring out the most nuanced range of tones in an image. It’s especially useful with difficult-to-print negatives or those that require simultaneous dodging and burning in multiple areas. At its simplest, Selective Masking uses just pencil and paper; at its most complex, it can involve multiple digital masks created in Photoshop.

In this 60-minute follow-up to Intro to Selective Masking, Alan will introduce you to digital masking, taking you step-by-step through the process of creating and using digital masks to get the most out of your image and make darkroom printing easier and more productive.

Limited to 5 participants. $50 per person. Sixty minutes.

Current schedule: Saturday, July 31st, 10 – 11 am, MDT. [Full Description]

Intro to Variable Contrast Printing

There was a time not so long when when no “serious” photographer even considered variable contrast papers in darkroom printing. Graded papers were the clear choice, and camera store shelves were overflowing with paper boxes from the likes of Brovira, Ilfobrom and Seagull in as many as six different grades. Today, this array of packaging , sizes, brands and surfaces are still there, but all the grades (and more) fit into one box instead of many.

In this workshop, Alan will cover the basics of variable contrast printing and show you the real blessing of variable contrast papers…the ability to use multiple contrasts in a single print.

Limited to 5 participants. $50 per person. Sixty minutes.

Current schedule: Sunday, August 1st, 10 – 11 am, MDT.  [Full Description]

One-on-One Sessions

If you’re someone who works best one-on-one, join Alan for a private online workshop tailored specifically to your needs and interests. Image editing, problem solving, exposure help…Alan can help. $150 for 90 minutes, additional time billed in 1/2 hour increments. For more detailed information and to schedule your session, click here

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